In lieu of the Omicron surge, Emirates has closed the onboard bar on its A380s and also suspended pre-flight drinks.

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Emirates bagged the title for the ‘World’s Safest Airline‘ in 2020. Undoubtedly, the Dubai-based airline is very prompt when it comes to passenger safety and maintaining safety protocols without hampering traveler experiences on airlines. This is why with the surge in the Omicron variant, they have once again closed the iconic onboard lounge and bar on its flagship Airbus A380 superjumbos. Of course, it’s a dampener for the excited traveler who looks forward to commencing a joyous journey by having a drink at the famed bar. But tough times call for harsh measures, and in addition to keeping the lounge off-limits, Emirates has also suspended pre-departure beverage service in Business Class to reduce interaction between cabin crew and passengers.

The lounge has been operational for several months now, and reports of the closure are believed to be a temporary and necessary measure until Omicron cases get under control. The points Guy UK shared the feedback of disappointed Emirates passengers, “Really disappointed with my flight yesterday,” wrote one traveler on Monday. “Paid extra for business class only to find out the lounge in Manchester airport was closed as well as the bar on the plane if I’d known this I wouldn’t have paid the extra money.”

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An Emirates spokesperson addressed the situation, “In light of health and safety considerations, Emirates has temporarily modified some aspects of our onboard service. Our onboard lounge and the social area will not be available to customers at this time. Emirates apologizes for any inconvenience caused. The safety of our customers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised.”

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It doesnt take a genius to guess that most travel plans worldwide will suffer, and such unexpected changes will be part of most itineraries. Those who won’t be lucky enough to leave their homes can try getting their hands on some seats, furniture, and even the iconic onboard bar from a retired Emirates A380 superjumbo.

[Via: The Points Guy]

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